Essay Legalize Stem Cell Research

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Stem cell research should be legal and funded by the government in all 50 states. There are several types of stem cells that we have available to use for research. The controversy comes from the use of Embryonic Stem Cells (ESC) and how they are obtained. The funding is very unstable for stem cell research due to the use of ESC, combined with the message they send. There have been several arguments in regards to the right to life. In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) clinics have never been funded by the government and that is not the plan for this research either. Even if the research was funded by the government, the stem cells would continue to live on. Stem cells are used to find cures for life threatening diseases. Research of stem cells is …show more content…
Somatic Stem Cells show they are resourceful and have been in use for a very long period of time, Somatic Stem Cells can help cure disease. Without continued funding for this, researchers would be unable to find other cures, like the already in process bone marrow transplants. The rejection rate theory is very powerful, being able to save lives with low complications; however, if the research is not funded, we might not be able to stop the person from getting the illness again, considering the illness is most likely in the genetic makeup of the individual. Three is a need for continued funding for this research, at least until researchers have exhausted all avenues, finding every possible capability of these Somatic Stem Cells. The second type of stem cell in use is the Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells. These stem cells come from the umbilical cord of a newborn which generally would get discarded. Otherwise, these cords are frozen and stored in a private blood bank, in case the stem cells should ever be needed by the donor or their family (“Umbilical Cord Blood”, par. 23). The processes to save these cells is; something like this, the parents pay a onetime fee and they receive a package for sending the cord in after delivery, after the initial process the family pays an annual storage fee to continue to
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